LEXINGTON - Kicker Taylor Begley of Boyle County is one of nine nominees for Academic All-America from the University of Kentucky.
The team is sponsored by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Nine nominees is a record for Kentucky and ranks second nationally this year among Division I-A schools. Nebraska has the most nominees with 11.
A player must have a cumulative 3.2 or higher grade-point average, be a sophomore of higher in academic standing and athletic eligibility, and be a starter or key reserve on his team.
Begley, a junior majoring in electrical engineering, has a 3.817 grade point average. He's also been one of Kentucky's bright spots this season as he leads the team in scoring with 33 points and ranks among the Southeastern Conference leaders in field goals with seven. He has made kicks of 51 and 52 yards this season.